Creating digital artwork is what we focus on most at TUF Designs. We've been in the industry professionally for 30 years. Our focus is on vibrant and interesting digital art, in order to create unique pieces that stimulate the inspiration and imagination.
The process in digital art is like making other art and paintings. We choose the tools that we need; colors, paint, canvas; we have the idea in our head (sometimes); then we start drawing; the idea grows as we draw. We work on the art until it's done. Or put it away for a few days and jump on something else.
I use a stylus with a pressure sensitive tablet (Wacom) that is attatched to the computer. The drawing shows up on the computer screen when I draw on the tablet. If I tell the computer that the stylus is to behave a certain way, like chalk, a pen, or a brush, it will. We choose the shape of the brush, how wet or dry the ‘paint’ is… whatever I want. I have millions of colors to choose from in the software, some colors can't be accurately printed because some of the colors are luminescent. But can be spot on if art is for the web. Painting on a computer monitor screen, is painting with light.
Most of my work is created in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
Illustrator is good for vector based art such as logos, caricature drawings and line art. Photoshop for rasture images such as digital art and matte paintings.
I'm staring to dabble a little in Procreate on my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Mostly for doodles and sketches but it actually does a pretty good job putting out some high quality renderings.
Sometimes I will scan an image like a hand drawn sketch that I did; redraw it and clean it up so the lines are nice, sharp and smooth; Drop some color into it, manipulate it within the software, usually Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.
Then if I decide to output it for print or web, I'll adjust the size, resolution and format that will work best.
Digital painters have lots of choices available, and printing devices range from real economical to very expensive. I work closely with the printer to get the final print the way I want it.
Sixteen million colors in a color palette is hard for any artist to turn down. The variety of tools and features available in Photoshop and Illustrator will get you hooked! It’s like owning your own art supply store. Extremely tantalizing to any artist’s imagination. You never misplace or run out of pencils, pens, brushes, paints etc..
The setup and cleanup is another convenience. When I am inspired to draw or paint, I walk over to the computer or grab the iPad, sit down, tap the app button and I’m ready! It takes a couple of minutes to go from doing something else to actually drawing or painting. If I’m interrupted, it’s not a disaster. Just put the tablet down, take care of what I need to take care of and jump back into the zone. No need to worry about paints drying up. When I’m finished, I click save and go back to doing something else. No cleaning up, washing brushes or anything.
When I have an idea on something to paint or draw, it's easier to get started.